2017 Talk Overviews

The Hungry Ghost: Cutting Edge Science Revelations & A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction

Gabor Mate, M.D.
July 27, 2017; 9:00am – 10:30am

Dr. Mate will draw from the work from his 2009 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award Winning Book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, Dr. Mate takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment.


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Countering prevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure, Dr. Gabor Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew.

Turning to the neurobiological roots of addiction, Dr. Maté presents an astonishing array of scientific evidence showing conclusively that:

  • Addictive tendencies arise in the parts of our brains governing some of our most basic and life-sustaining needs and functions: incentive and motivation, physical and emotional pain relief, the regulation of stress, and the capacity to feel and receive love
  • These brain circuits develop, or don’t develop, largely under the influence of the nurturing environment in early life, and that therefore addiction represents a failure of these crucial systems to mature in the way nature intended
  • The human brain continues to develop new circuitry throughout the lifespan, including well into adulthood, giving new hope for people mired in addictive patterns. Dr. Maté then examines the current mainstream.


On Being a Master Therapist: Insights for Practicing Clinicians

Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.
July 27, 2017; 10:45am – 12noon

Talk overview coming soon!


A Q & A Session with Dr. Mate

Gabor Mate, M.D.
July 27, 2017; 12noon – 1:00pm

This voluntary session gives attendees the opportunity to discuss and examine Dr. Mate’s addiction research and ideas in greater detail. Attendees will be given the opportunity to engage in a deeper conversation about his work.


SOLACE: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question

David Whyte
July 27, 2017; 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Each one of us grows into a steadily unfolding story where the horizon gets broader and more mysterious, the understanding of loss and mortality more keen, the sense of time more fleeting and the understanding of our own mistakes and omissions more apparent. In the midst of this deepening we have to make a life that makes sense: there is no other life than the one that involves this constant beckoning, this invitation to the fiercer aspects of existence.

Join poet David Whyte in exploring the discipline of finding and asking the questions that help us re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, questions that work to reshape our identities, helping us to become larger, more generous and more courageous; equal to the increasingly fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature.


Treating Anxiety in Children: Empowering Anxious Children and Their Parents

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.
July 27, 2017; 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and teenagers. While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively help as many as 80 percent of anxious kids, the exposure to perceived danger it requires is inherently counterintuitive for anxious kids and parents, who typically work hard to shield themselves from this very goal. So how can a therapist strike that delicate balance that fosters trust and safety while inspiring clients to nudge themselves one notch outside their comfort zones?

Using her child-friendly Worry Hill® approach to CBT, Dr. Wagner combines effective strategies with clinical pearls to explore the role of rapport, education, and empowerment in facilitating the child’s readiness for exposure-based CBT. You’ll discover:

  • The four steps for cultivating treatment readiness: stabilization, communication, persuasion, and collaboration

  • Child-friendly applications of realistic thinking and gradual exposure

  • How to help parents help their children by managing their own anxiety


Stigma & Mental Illness: A True Story from the Prison Systems

Lefford Fate, M.A.
July 27, 2017; 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Talk summary coming soon!


A Q & A Session with David Whyte: A Deeper Look at Transformation, Inquiry, and Self-Reflection

David Whyte
July 27, 2017; 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore David Whyte’s concepts and ideas around self-reflection, transformation, and the power of asking the beautiful questions in greater depth and detail. This is an opportunity to engage Mr. Whyte in a deep dive discussion.


Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Pharmacotherapy to Psychotherapy to Virtual Reality

Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.

July 28, 2017; 9:00am – 10:30am

A talk summary is coming soon!


Treating Children and Adolescents

Ross Greene, Ph.D.
July 28, 2017; 10:45am – 12noon

A talk summary is coming soon!


A Q & A Session with Dr. Greene

Ross Greene, Ph.D.
July 28, 2017; 12noon – 1:00pm

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore Dr. Greene’sD concepts and ideas around working with children and adolescents in greater depth and detail. This is an opportunity to engage Dr. Greene in a more detailed discussion on topics of specific interest to you.


The Art and Science of Presence: Applications for the Psychotherapy Room (Live Video Feed Presentation)

Dan Siegel, M.D.
July 28, 2017; 1:30pm – 3:00pm

One of the most popular speakers in our field today, Daniel Siegel is celebrated for his contributions over the past two decades in bringing the once exotic subject of brain science to the attention of a generation of therapists. His vast knowledge of the subject is important, of course, but what keeps the audience in the palm of his hand is his crystal-clear explanations of complex material, and his genius for making us laugh even as we’re taking it all in.

In his live video feed presentation, Dr. Siegel will dive deeply into an exploration of the mind, subjective experience, and presence and ways to help your clients become the author of their own life. Dr. Siegel will focus on how the advances across a range of disciplines— including brain science, psychiatry, attachment theory, quantum physics, and spirituality to name just a few — have expanded our conception of consciousness and their implications for the practice of psychotherapy. You’ll explore:

  • Why integration—the process of creating differentiated linkages among different brain system and aspects of personality functioning—is essential to the process of psychological healing
  • Clinical tools to enhance the integration of consciousness, including The Wheel of Awareness, a reflective exercise that opens up pathways to expanding personal identity and moving beyond the limiting sense of a skin-defined self
  • How to increase your own sense of moment-to-moment immediacy and presence in creating healing connections with your clients

    The Power of Storytelling in Therapy and Everyday Life

    Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.
    July 28, 2017; 3:15pm – 4:45pm

    A talk summary is coming soon!


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